Moldova Expels Romania Ambassador over Civil Unrest

World | April 8, 2009, Wednesday // 13:20
Bulgaria: Moldova Expels Romania Ambassador over Civil Unrest Moldova has expelled Romania's Ambassador in Chisinau as its government has accused Romania of having been involved with the violent civic protests. Photo by

Moldova has accused neighboring Romania of fueling the protests that erupted into violence in the capital Chisinau and declared Romania's ambassador persona non grata, BBC reported.

Moldova's President Vladimir Voronin introduced a visa regime for nationals from Romania, with which Moldova has ethnic and linguistic links.

Russia's foreign ministry said they were a plot aimed at undermining "the sovereignty of Moldova", and pointed to "plenty of Romanian flags in the hands of organizers of these outrages".

Some of the protesters on Tuesday had called for the unification of Moldova with Romania, its bigger neighbor.

Thousands of young protesters thronged Chisinau, fighting police and ransacking parliament, in protest at the results of Sunday's election.

Official results gave the ruling Communists about 50% of the vote in the Romanian-speaking ex-Soviet republic.


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